Scholarships for First-Year Students

At Valley City State University, we offer the top scholarship program among all public universities in North Dakota.

No deadline or application; just apply for admission!

(Note that online students do NOT qualify for these scholarships.)

Scholarships are based on students cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores.

President's Scholarship
$4,000 per year for 4 years ($16,000)

Leadership Scholarship
$3,500 per year for 4 years ($14,000)

Clock Tower Award
$3,000 per year for 2 years ($6,000)

Footbridge Award
$1,500 for first year only ($1,500)

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Scholarship criteria for transfer students is based on your cumulative grade point average (GPA) from all institutions attended.

Innovator Award
$2,500 for your first year ($2,500)
Minimum 3.5 GPA

Difference Maker Award
$1,500 for your first year ($1,500)
Minimum 3.0 GPA

*Students who do not qualify for ND, MN, MSEP, or WUE tuition rates are considered non-resident students and do not qualify for scholarships listed above.
Please review our Tuition and Fees information to learn more information.
Non-resident/international students may qualify for a STARS waiver, see below.

STARS Waiver

$1,000 per year for 5 years ($5,000)
Applies to students paying Non-Resident and International tuition

  • First Year students must have a 3.25 GPA or a minimum 23 ACT/1130 SAT score
  • Transfer Students must have a 3.25 GPA or higher

Office Information

Charlene Stenson

Admission Counselor
Bridget Blunck

Admission Counselor
Erin Heide

Admission Counselor
Oscar Suniga

Admission Specialist
Jacob Frey
Office Location
McFarland 218

Office Hours
Academic Year
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday


800-532-8641, ext. 7101

Mailing Address
Enrollment Services
Valley City State University
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072